Mr. Simon Higham, Principal
I trust that you have had a great week and thank you for once again engaging and connecting with our Weekly Highlights.
Following last week’s message to ‘read, read and read again’ with your children, I hope that you have continued to prioritise this by establishing a routine at home and are both enjoying and benefitting from the experience.
It was very encouraging to see over 70 parents attending our Early Writing Workshop on Monday morning. Led by Ms Catherine, EYFS Coordinator and Ms Linh, EYFS Teacher, parents learned that the skill of writing begins with a process that we call ‘mark making’. Adults often think of this process as directionless scribbles but, as children are mark making, they are taking the first important step towards writing.
The stages of early writing are:
- The act of making marks on paper
- The meaning that a child gives to those marks
- Developing an understanding of how written language works
Read more about this workshop by accessing this post from our website.
The ushering in of a new month has signaled a conclusion to our very successful STEAM Month across Primary. Designing, making, testing and evaluating wearable technology, land, water and air-based vehicles and having great fun learning experiences along the way, is just one way in which we are building upon our STEAM collaboration with MIT.
Read more about the week and see the pictures in this post by Mr Oliver, Primary Deputy Headteacher.
I would like to remind all parents of the following Safeguarding procedures whilst you are on our school site:
On entry to our school, you must:
- Not take photographs or videos of any child (other than your own) without the permission off the Headteacher.
- Only use the designated adult toilets whilst on campus and under no circumstances enter the children’s toilets or changing room areas.
- Not be alone with any child (other than your own).
- Not touch any child or invade their personal space.
- Not take any contact details from any child. If, during your visit to school, you have any reason to be concerned about the safety off a young person, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Person.
As part of our commitment to the safety of everyone within our BVIS community, I would like to remind you of the following people who you can contact if you have a concern about the welfare of any child within our school.
Ms Rosy Clark, Head of Primary
Music and Maths
This week I have been reminded of the well-known relationship between Music and Maths as the spotlight fell on these two areas of our curriculum.
“The famous Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras once said, “there is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.” Although some may interpret this statement as mere poetry, Pythagoras was actually making a direct statement on the relationship between music and mathematics. You see, music is entirely intertwined with mathematics, so much so that even a basic major chord can be described mathematically.”
The week began with a visit by two professional musicians as a result of our unique Nord Anglia Education collaboration with Juilliard in New York. Both the musicians play brass instruments and, through various performances and workshops during the day, they shared a range of music with our children. The children also learned how the horn and trombone make sound and how the musicians can change the sounds they make.
The visits by professional musicians to our school are designed to broaden the children’s musical experience and to encourage them in their learning. If your child has been inspired to learn to play a musical instrument by this week’s visiting musicians, please do not hesitate to contact our Primary Music Leader, Mr Fergus Fergus.Walker@bvisvietnam.com
On Wednesday, BVIS hosted the annual Saigon Primary Maths Competition. This year, 12 teams from the leading international schools in Ho Chi Minh City participated in a range of mathematical challenges including: logic; speed; and ‘make a number’ round. The children were tired at the end of the morning but had all appeared to enjoy the mathematics and competition.
Congratulations to our BVIS participants (see below) who tried their very best and were great ambassadors to our school.
• Gia Ngoc
• Gia Linh
In addition, thank you to Mr Chris Cooper, BVIS Secondary Head of Maths, for organising the competition and supported by Mr Oliver and Ms Khuyen.
Mr Jack Rudin, Head of Secondary
Year 10 have started their formal examinations this week and this is the first time that they do these in the hall under formal examination conditions. This is good preparation for their IGCSE exams next year and will help them get used to the environment and conditions of these important examinations.
Years 7, 8 and 9 are also taking examinations in their lessons this month and we wish them all well.
With the A level examination drawing to a close over the next two weeks, we are looking forward to our Graduation Ceremony that will take place on Saturday 15th June. We will be celebrating all that our Year 13 students have achieved as they look back at their time at school and look ahead to their future at University. It is always sad to see our Year 13 students leave BVIS HCMC, yet at the same time, a pleasure to see the young men and women they have grown into, excited about the next steps in their lives. I am looking forward to seeing all students and parents at the ceremony.
Julliard Visiting Artists
This week we were lucky enough to have two fantastic musicians visit BVIS all the way from Juilliard in New York. Michal Emanovsky and Jason Crimi spent the day at our school and hosted a wonderful concert especially for Secondary Students. They gave some fantastic performances on the Trombone and French horn which was really enjoyed by everyone. Next year we will continue to have visiting Juilliard Artists in Dance, Drama and Music.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at Simon.Higham@bvisvietnam.com to give feedback on our Weekly Highlights and how it can be further improved in the future.
Have a great weekend ahead.